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Title: Myanmar lures Singapore Inc
Date of publication: 20 March 2012
Description/subject: "Singapore Inc is in hot pursuit of business opportunities in Myanmar, where a recent reform drive aims to lure more foreign direct investment. A long time ally to Myanmar's former military regime, Singapore is well placed to reap first-mover advantages vis-a-vis Western countries that maintain but are slowly lifting economic sanctions against the country. Last month, a delegation representing 74 Singapore-based companies traveled to Myanmar for networking and business matching with Myanmar counterparts in construction, education, finance, infrastructure and logistics. Organized by the trade promotion groups Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, the trip featured site visits, the signing of a memorandum of understanding to promote economic relations and trade ties, and courtesy calls on reformist President Thein Sein and many of his ministers..."
Author/creator: Megawati Wijaya
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asia Times Online
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 06 May 2012

Date of publication: 19 October 2007
Description/subject: Summary: "ASEAN should not have admitted Burma, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam into the organization in the 1990's, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew told visiting EAP DAS Christensen and the Ambassador October 16. Expressing his scorn for Burma's leaders, MM Lee called them "dense" and "stupid." After discussing China's influence over Burma, he suggested that Indonesian President Yudhoyono, as a former general, could potentially be an interlocutor with the regime..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: US Embassy, Singapore, via Wikileaks
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://wikileaks.ch/cable/2007/10/07SINGAPORE1932.html
Date of entry/update: 24 December 2010

Title: Singapore, Myanmar PMs meet, reform pressure grows
Date of publication: 30 March 2005
Description/subject: SINGAPORE leader Lee Hsien Loong met Myanmar's top ruling generals on Wednesday, March 30, as pressure grows on the junta to hasten democratic reforms or miss its turn next year as head of Southeast Asia's club of nations.
Author/creator: Aung Hla Tun
Language: English
Source/publisher: Singapore Window
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 30 September 2010

Title: Singapore Shrug
Date of publication: August 2002
Description/subject: "...Singapore�s economic relationship with Burma went through a honeymoon period that lasted through the mid-1990s, and ended about the time Burma joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in July 1997�roughly coinciding with the start of a financial crisis that afflicted most of the region. Since then, Singapore�s enthusiasm for one of the region�s last investment frontiers has cooled dramatically. And to date, there has been little to indicate that Singaporean corporations are preparing for an equally dramatic reentry into Burma�s troubled economy..."
Author/creator: Neil Lawrence
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol 10. No. 6, July-August 2002
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: The Burma-Singapore Axis: Globalizing the Heroin Trade
Date of publication: 1998
Description/subject: Singapore's economic linkage with Burma is one of the most vital factors for the survival of Burma's military regime," says Professor Mya Maung, a Burmese economist based in Boston. This link, he continues, is also central to "the expansion of the heroin trade.") Singapore has achieved the distinction of being the Burmese junta's number one business partner -both largest trading partner and largest foreign investor. More than half these investments, totaling upwards of $1.3 billion, are in partnership with Burma's infamous heroin kingpin Lo Hsing Han, who now controls a substantial portion of the world's opium trade. The close political, economic, and military relationship between the two countries facilitates the weaving of millions of narco-dollars into the legitimate world economy Singapore has also become a major player in Asian commerce. According to Steven Green, llS Ambassador to Singapore, that city-states free market policies have "allowed this small country to develop one of the world's most successful trading and investment economies." Singapore also has a strong role in the powerful 132-member country World Trade Organization. Indeed, the tiny China Sea island of three and a half million people is known far and wide as the blue chip of the region-a financial trading base and a route for the vast sums of money that flow in and out of Asia.
Author/creator: Leslie Kean and Dennis Bernstein
Language: English
Source/publisher: Third World Traveler
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 28 September 2010

Title: Singapore Govt
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003